For the U.S. on-premise market, the pandemic last year was the equivalent to a season-ending injury as it forced many operations to shut their doors. Although it has been a difficult 15 months for the channel, beverage-makers are stepping up to support the on-premise community as it looks to rebuild.
When it comes to eCommerce, consumers continue to index increased usage. As eCommerce’s influence grows, beverage-makers and wholesalers also are seeing the benefits direct-to-consumer and digital ecosystems can offer.
In Sovos ShipCompliant and the Brewers Association’s first-ever “Direct-to-Consumer Beer Shipping” report, 84% of regular craft beer drinks want to be able to legally purchase beer via DTC shipping to their homes. Currently, interstate DTC shipping is only legal in 13 states.
With the pandemic hampering the tourism market, craft beverage alcohol purveyors had to get creative to engage with consumers. Harvest Hosts is aiming to connect American RVers with hosts among its 868 winery, distillery and brewery partners.
Changing consumer habits will guide foodservice beverage strategies
May 12, 2021
Chicago-based Technomic has released the beverage category sizing report exploring how COVID-19 impacted foodservice beverages. This report is a deliverable of the Away-From-Home Beverage Navigator program, which offers a comprehensive assessment of both hot and cold beverage categories, including market sizing, historical tracking, predicted growth, consumer insights, operator responses, major trends and market dynamics.
System controls amount of oxygen, enhances flavor and aromas of wine
May 4, 2021
Vinloq, part of Boston Wine Devices LLC, is a slow decanting and wine preservation system that enables business and consumers to experience the diverse tasting notes from one bottle of wine to the next.
To drive up basket rings in-store, merchandisers are creating point of sale (POS) and point of purchase (POP) displays. In-store success relies a number of factors including location of the display, uniqueness, and the ability to link to QR codes to win cash and prizes.
To kick off the summer season, Dunkin’, Canton, Mass., announced the addition of coconut milk as an alternative to dairy at Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide beginning April 28. With this launch, Dunkin’ will offer new Dunkin’ Coconut Refreshers and the new Coconutmilk Iced Latte. Consumers also can customize hot and iced beverages with coconut milk, joining oat milk and almond milk as non-dairy options.
Online shopping higher than 2017, but in-store still popular
March 31, 2021
U.S. grocery consumers have flocked online at a rate never seen previously because of the COVID pandemic, with time savings being the primary motivating factor rather than COVID-related safety concerns.